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sad person anthem

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NGADM 2019 r2

Hey, how come happy people get all the good anthems? Sad people need some too.

Entirely composed, recorded, blah blah blah over the last two days. I drank 999 coffee and then went into a cave and wrote stuff.

Real proud of this one



you and i, we both know that
there's no such thing as happiness, not any more
it's all been taken away
it's all just out of reach
for you, reach for me
but happiness is never quite the way it should be
and that goes to show
it's not for you and i


aahh ohoho hohoho [x a trillion]
the other day i saw you looking through the window
doing nothing just watching all the leaves go


you and i, we both know that
there's no such thing as happiness, not any more
it's all been taken away
it's all just out of reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-eeeeeeeeeach


you and i, we both know that
there's no such thing as happiness, not any more
it's all been taken away
it's all just out of reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-eeeeeeeeeeeAAAAAAAAAAooooooooOOOOOOooooach


go out on every weekend
find someone, tell your friend
i dont know why i cant stop thinking
i always see you act the same
doing something bad see
i dont know the words of this, of this...

[chant break]

go out on every week
find something, tell your
i dont know the words
i cant stop
out on every week
on someone tell your
i dont know the words of this
i cant stop

[chant reprise!]

out on every week
find someone, tell your
(do you know the words of his storyyyyyy oooooo aaa)
find someone, tell your
i cant stop


out on every weekend
find someone, tell your friends
do you know the words of his storyyyyyy oooooo aaa
i don't know the words to your storyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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This is my fucking theme song like wow


johnfn responds:

what the

nice job, thank you john

ur gay

This is an official NGADM '19 Review

The lyrics work great, and the composition of everything else helps bring across an emotional type of song, but it's kinda funny since you wouldn't really know it's a "sad song" unless you listened to the lyrics.

Still trying to decide if I like the autotune or not…. It's that weird state were it's trying to be natural and not natural at the same time, and I feel like it needs to be more of one or the other. I think it's leaning more towards the fake side and works for what you're doing I think. Other than that I don't really have any big complaints about the mix. I don't think it sounds super clean, but it sounds like a finished product.

Sound Design:
Really good choice of instruments, and they compliment the vocals really well. They also work bit with the style I think. It's really only missing a square wave lead (haha joke).

Emotion / Conclusion:
I think this works pretty well. I wasn't really wowed by anything in particular, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Composition: 8

Production: 8.5

Sound Design: 9

Structure: 8

Emotion: 9

I like the atmosphere at the beginning and the melancholy tone of the piece. The vocals are a little over-processed imo, especially given the down-to-earth and conversational character of the lyrics. The guitar chords at :44 were good for some emotional appeal, yet the texture remains rather minimal throughout this section. I like the “ah”s at around the 1-minute mark and the melodic synth riffs. The kick at 1:32 sounded a bit heavy, and the harmonic shift at 2:20 was a bit sudden. There’s a good sense of climax into 2:52, and I like the sense of arrival and modulation there too. I like the breaks at 3:56 and the drum patterns towards the end. The piece has a good narrative arc and sense of resolve. I think the autotune really detracts from the piece, though. I was getting broadway vibes from the instrumental tracks and storytelling in the song, like the narrator is speaking directly to me, but that was undermined by the vocal effects. That said, the mixing and sound design are otherwise good, and I especially enjoyed the progression here. Keep at it, Johnfn! ^_^

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Credits & Info


4.43 / 5.00

Sep 9, 2019
12:51 AM EDT
File Info
4.4 MB
4 min 49 sec

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